Sarah Betancourt

Reporter, CommonWealth

About Sarah Betancourt

Sarah Betancourt is a long-time Latina reporter in Massachusetts. Prior to joining Commonwealth, Sarah was a breaking news reporter for The Associated Press in Boston, and a correspondent with The Boston Globe and The Guardian. She has written about immigration, incarceration, and health policy for outlets like NBC, The Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism, and the New York Law Journal. Sarah has reported stories such as a national look at teacher shortages, how databases are used by police departments to procure information on immigrants, and uncovered the spread of an infectious disease in children at a family detention center. She has covered the State House, local and national politics, crime and general assignment.

Sarah received a 2018 Investigative Reporters and Editors Award for her role in the ProPublica/NPR story, “They Got Hurt at Work and Then They Got Deported,” which explored how Florida employers and insurance companies were getting out of paying workers compensation benefits by using a state law to ensure injured undocumented workers were arrested or deported. Sarah attended Emerson College for a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Communication, and Columbia University for a fellowship and Master’s degree with the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism.

About Sarah Betancourt

Sarah Betancourt is a long-time Latina reporter in Massachusetts. Prior to joining Commonwealth, Sarah was a breaking news reporter for The Associated Press in Boston, and a correspondent with The Boston Globe and The Guardian. She has written about immigration, incarceration, and health policy for outlets like NBC, The Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism, and the New York Law Journal. Sarah has reported stories such as a national look at teacher shortages, how databases are used by police departments to procure information on immigrants, and uncovered the spread of an infectious disease in children at a family detention center. She has covered the State House, local and national politics, crime and general assignment.

Sarah received a 2018 Investigative Reporters and Editors Award for her role in the ProPublica/NPR story, “They Got Hurt at Work and Then They Got Deported,” which explored how Florida employers and insurance companies were getting out of paying workers compensation benefits by using a state law to ensure injured undocumented workers were arrested or deported. Sarah attended Emerson College for a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Communication, and Columbia University for a fellowship and Master’s degree with the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism.

Stories by Sarah Betancourt

Corrections union pulls criminal justice law into Souza brawl debate

Advocates counter that reform bill has no connection to unrest

Boston immigration court approved 58% of asylum requests

Data indicate approvals much higher than in most other jurisdictions

MIT tells staff to expect visits from ICE

Official urges cooperation with immigration officials

Metro Boston, free subway paper, shuts down

Circulation was shrinking amid phone-obsessed riders

Backers coalesce behind real estate tax bill

Towns could assess fees on sales greater than $430,000

Walsh proposes housing investments, rental vouchers

Plans to use proceeds from garage sale, transfer tax

Immigrants in Mass. more likely to have attorneys

At Boston court, 61% did; nationally, the number is 37%

Activists block coal-carrying train for hours

Goal is to shut down New Hampshire coal-fired plant

MassDOT contractor facing heat after fatal collision

Firm’s employee involved in crash that killed 13-year-old

Healey sues e-cig firms under new law

AG says undercover sting uncovered violations

After Trust Act signing, Gross defensive

Points to arrests, convictions; ‘How come you never hear about that?’

Boston approves fee on real estate transactions

If OK’d by Legislature, measure could raise $168m

Walsh, Zakim submit changes to immigrant Trust Act

Proposal would strengthen limits on police cooperation with ICE

Using art to highlight Eastie climate change

At library, ribbons show potential sea level rise

McKinsey & Company expose has ripple effect

Criticism of firm spills over into Mass., presidential campaign

People’s Pledge becomes flashpoint in Senate primary race

Markey, in shift from 2013, wants a carveout for ‘progressive organizations’